Natural sunlight and white balanced light
Sunlight is composed of the full, balanced distribution of light across the spectrum of visible wavelengths from390 to 750 nm - a magical distribution of reds, yellows, greens and blues - all the colors of the rainbow. Sunlight's even distribution of all wavelengths of light across thefull spectrum produces naturally “balanced white light” (BWL). Our eyes and brain need this color balanced light to function optimally without stress, discomfort, fatigue and sometimes permanent damage. This broad spectrum of light allows us to see natural looking colors and to also easily recognize shapes and motion. The sunlight spectrum also includes invisible and dangerous UV (ultra violet) and invisible and fatiguing IR (infra red) wavelengths.
Grow Room lights
Each grow-room light source (HPS, MH, LED) provides a VERY imbalanced spectrum of light, with a vast majority of the light occurring in just a few wavelengths of the spectrum typical of the chemistry and physics of that light source. Plants still grow well under these imbalanced light sources and aren't negatively affected, but human eyes and brains are.
Color, Clarity, Protection. Only Method Seven delivers all three.
The greater productivity, comfort, and safety, the grower needs grow glasses that filter the harsh, unbalanced light of the grow room to create BWL (balanced white light). Each lighting spectrum (HPS, LED, MH) needs its own exacting solution. Method Seven Optics have formulations to filter out the specific wavelength spikes in the spectrum of each of these common grow lightings sources, providing the wearer white balanced light within the very unbalanced environment.The lenses must do this without reducing the optical clarity of the naked eye, or the reduced optical clarity from the lenses create a different set of physiological issues for the wearer. For short term comfort and long term health, lenses must protect the eye from 100% of the harmful UVA/UVB/UVC radiation of the grow room and reduce IR exposure to the eye.
HPS lighting creates and radiates a huge amount of light. The frequent electrical excitation and decay of electrons in the sodium atoms generates the vast majority of total light output at a specific "yellow" wavelength around 590 nanometers. This wavelength is a very suitable energy source for plants to use for photosynthesis and growth, and light and ballast costs have traditionally been low. HPS lights use considerable electricity and produce considerable excess heat. The yellow spike of HPS lights is especially challenging to our eyes due to the poor spectrum, the exceeding poor yellow / blue ratio of the light that impacts the functioning of the rods and cones in our eyes, and the high frequency "strobe effect" from the ballasts (more details elsewhere on this page).
Unlike most HPS lamps, the light spectrum produced by commercially available LED equipment varies between manufacturers and is dependent on the combinations of diode, amperage, magnification and a host of design considerations. The best LED spectrums for optimum plant growth typically produce a distinctive magenta color appearance.
MH bulbs produce light that's strongest at the blue end of the spectrum resulting in a stark, bright white light. MH bulbs tend to be very bright, and glasses need to appropriately attenuate (decrease) total light to the eye in addition to providing color balanced light and 100% UVA/UVB/UVC protection.
UV light is important for the plant’s grow cycle, and the sun provides plenty of UV light for all the plants on earth. If you are using artificial LED light to grow plants indoors, then you want LED grow lights that produce UV light like outdoors. This mimics the sun, which produces UV spectrum as regular sunlight to stimulate robust plant growth.
Just as you would use UV sunglasses outside to protect you from natural UV light, you should also be wearing eye protection to limit your eye’s exposure to UV light when tending your indoor grow den using artificial grow lights. The industry has several great choices of safety grow room glasses, and here we mention a few of them for your consideration.